The Atlanta Falcons brushed off a report that former USC defensive end Jadeveon Clowney wants to play in Atlanta because it’s close to his Rock Hill home.
“That’s great to hear that, but I’m sure he’s saying that to everyone as well. … We will always be open to move up and back (in draft order). Depends on what’s right for us,” Falcons general Thomas Dimitroff said during an interview on the NFL Network.
“He’s got the measurables that you are looking for,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said. “Obviously, we are anxious to see him perform to validate those measurables.”
South Carolina’s Pro Day is set for April 2. The Falcons will be in attendance.
“He has similar measurables to (Buffalo’s) Mario Williams,” Smith said. “When you’re talking about a defensive end, he fits the criteria of what you’re looking for. And of course, Mario went on to become the No. 1 pick in the draft.”
Dimitroff doesn’t expect Clowney to be around if the Falcons retain the sixth overall pick.
“With a player like Clowney, it’s amazing how many things you can overlook when you’re dealing with the incredible talent of a football player like that,” Dimitroff said. “With that said, it precipitates more effort and research to find out exactly why he did dip and what you’re dealing with.
“Anytime that you’re picking someone in the top five, potentially top two in his situation, you better have your T’s crossed and your I’s dotted as far as the makeup, character and the fit with this individual for your team,” Dimitroff said.